About Our Firm
Think and Ink Grants™ helps 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations research and write foundation and government grants benefitting
women, children, health, and education.
Our Seven Corporate Values
We put our clients first- we work with you where you are and help you advance to where you want to be.
We value and celebrate diversity in all forms through our clients, contractors, employees, and suppliers.
We believe in the value of human connections: being connected with each other, our clients, with our friends and families, and our communities not only makes us better human beings but better employees.
We believe in performing at a level of utmost excellence, for ourselves and for our clients.
We believe in depositing good into the world and advancing philanthropy over personal gain.
We are committed to ethical decision making and uphold codes of ethics as outlined by organizations that we are members of: the Grant Professional Association and the Association for Fundraising Professionals.
We invest and are committed to improving our communities by volunteering our time, energy and talents.
How We Work
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Our firm is proud to support the personal and professional growth of our team and all they do to help our clients.
We uphold the professional standards and ethics set forth by the Grant Professionals Association and many of us are active members. Learn more about the Grant Professionals Association and our commitment to upholding professional standards here.
Shavonn Richardson, MBA
Founder and CEO
Shavonn founded Think and Ink Grant Consulting™ in 2016 to help nonprofits get grants better. Her work experience includes working from on all sides of the grant funding spectrum.
As a Corporate Social Responsibility Project Manager at Bank of America, Shavonn distributed $1.2 million in funding to Atlanta nonprofits. She also co-founded the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Blue Flowers Org in 2014 and won 100% of grants submitted. Now she gets grants for her clients at Think and Ink Grant Consulting and has successfully leveraged over $25 million in funding for her clients.
With over 16 years of experience, Shavonn helps your organization effectively tell your story to appeal to potential funders. She believes in supporting you where you are today to get your organization to where you want to be tomorrow.
Shavonn earned her M.B.A. from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University in Atlanta, GA and B.B.A from Howard University in Washington, DC. She is a Certified Grant Writer® and received her certification from the American Grant Writers Association in 2016. She is a 2019 GPC (Grant Profession Certification) scholarship recipient and is preparing to sit for the GPC exam in 2020.
Brittany Alexander is a grant professional whose experience includes raising more than $13 million from foundations and corporations for small, mid-size and large nonprofit organizations. Her career as a grant professional began at Young Invincibles, a national organization dedicated to amplifying the voices of young adults in the political process and expanding economic opportunity. Brittany’s service to communities extends far beyond securing funds. She volunteers her time to several nonprofit organizations, including Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund and Volunteer Florida.
Brittany is a member of the Grant Professionals Association National Capital Area chapter. She currently serves on the GPA Approved Trainer task force. She is a 2019 GPC Scholarship Recipient and is preparing to sit for the exam.
Brittany earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Delaware State University and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Natalie Alfaro Frazier
Natalie has always been passionate about social change. From a young age, this manifested as a keen perception of injustice and unfairness and confidence to question the status quo. She was lucky to have mentors and adults in her life hone these “leadership qualities” into something productive. This passion for the public sector was further refined after completing a Bachelors degree in Global Development Studies from Seattle Pacific University where she realized she was enthralled by the nonprofit sector and its role in civil society. She went on to receive a Masters degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management and Community Development from Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.
During her graduate program, she had the opportunity to lead consulting projects and organizational development projects in the United States, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. Natalie has 10+ years of experience in the nonprofit sector volunteering, interning, and working in various nonprofit fields. In addition to grant writing, Natalie also has a background in organizational development, program development, project management, workshop facilitation, adult learning curriculum development, and participatory action research and similar evaluation methodologies.
Dr. Jerome Schiele
Jerome H. Schiele is a Professor and Chair of the PhD Department in the School of Social Work at Morgan State University. A native of Hampton, Virginia, Dr. Schiele received his bachelor's degree in sociology from Hampton University in 1983, and attained both his master's and doctoral degrees in social work from Howard University. Dr. Schiele has 30 years of higher education experience and has served in both faculty and administrative positions. Before arriving at Morgan State University, he was Professor and Dean of the College of Professional Studies at Bowie State University and a Professor and Associate Dean in the School of Social Work at the University of Georgia. He also has taught and served in administrative roles at Norfolk State University, Clark Atlanta University, and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He also previously served as Professor and inaugural Director of the PhD program in social work at Morgan State University.
Dr. Schiele’s research focuses on social policy analysis, racial oppression, and cultural diversity/competence. He has published numerous scholarly articles, essays, and book chapters, which appear in major academic periodicals and publications. Dr. Schiele also is author of the book, Human Services and the Afrocentric Paradigm (The Haworth Press, 2000—now Routledge Press), editor of the book, Social Welfare Policy: Regulation and Resistance among People of Color (Sage Publications, 2011; Cognella Press, 2nd. Ed., 2020), and co-author with Phyllis Day of the book, A New History of Social Welfare, 7th edition (Pearson Publishers, 2013).